Mona Hatoum, Impenetrable, 2009. Steel and fishing wire, 285 × 285 × 285 cm. Installation view of “Witness” at Beirut Art Center, Beirut, 2010. Photo: Agop Kanledjian
Beirut Art Center (BAC) is a nonprofit association, space, and platform dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon. The aim of the center is to produce, present, and promote local and international contemporary art and cultural practice in a structure that is open and active throughout the year. An unprecedented initiative in Beirut, the center makes art accessible to a large and growing audience of residents and visitors, who can engage with a rich and diverse range of contemporary art and cultural practice.
Along with its main exhibition space, the center features a screening and performance room and a bookshop. BAC also organizes regular activities such as lectures, concerts, performances, screenings, and workshops. In addition, BAC has developed a digital multimedia library, the Mediatheque—a unique resource on contemporary art production from the region that is open and accessible to all. It contains images, videos, sound pieces, and texts by artists, writers, and theorists.
The purpose of BAC is to serve as a catalyst for the realization of contemporary art projects and for the interaction of local and international cultural players. In particular, the center supports local and regional contemporary artists who face many difficulties due to the lack of financial and institutional support.